Stuart Wood

Stuart Wood is a news reporter across the Mash Media editorial portfolio. He writes for CMW alongside sister publications Conference News, Exhibition News, Access All Areas and Exhibition World.

AIME unveils new exhibitor packages, with pre-scheduled buyer appointments

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has overhauled the way that exhibitors will take part in their upcoming show, running from 18-20 February 2019 in Melbourne. The new exhibitor packages include 32 pre-scheduled appointments with quality, vetted international and local buyers who want to bring their business to the Asia Pacific region. They include access to all social and networkin...

Key aviation leaders to descend on Brisbane for 145th IATA Slot Conference

Aviation industry decision makers are set to descend upon Brisbane next year, when it plays host to the 145th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Slot Conference from 12-15 November. The event will see more than 1,200 delegates from over 230 airlines across the world assemble in the city. Among the groups in attendance will be Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), Brisbane Marketing, Tour...

IT&CMA and CTW launch in Bangkok, Thailand

The IT&CMA and CTW’s Asia Pacific event opens today, 19 September, in Bangkok Convention Centre Central World, Thailand. IT&CMA (Incentive Travel & Conference Meetings Asia) is the leading event for MICE in the Asia Pacific region, with a strong congregation of Convention Bureaus and National Tourism Organisations. CTW is Corporate Travel World, taking place at the same venue. Over 100...

Vienna Convention Bureau appoints new director

The Vienna Convention Bureau (VCB has announced the appointment of Christian Woronka (pictured) to the role of director, succeeding Christian Mutschlechner. Mutslechner served for 34 years in the role, but is retiring in February. Woronka previously held the role of director with Cologne Convention Bureau, and was selected as the most suitable candidate from an international recruitment process. F...

ADNEC CEO visits US to promote Abu Dhabi for events

A delegation from the Abu Dhabu National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) is on a visit the United States to discuss partnerships with international event organisers. The trip is part of ADNEC’s plan to promote Abu Dhabi as a hub for business tourism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The delegation is led by Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri (pictured), CEO of ADNEC, and comprises senior officia...

INVNT appoints new director of PR and marketing

Marketing agency INVNT has announced the appointment of Brea Carter to the newly created role of PR and marketing director. Carter will be responsible for leading the company’s international PR and marketing efforts, based out of the company’s new Sydney office, which launched in April. A passionate marketer with a firm understanding of the live space, Carter has worked as a journalist in London, ...

Moving the planner beyond logistics

Stephanie Harris, director of global marketing and event strategy, American Express Meetings & Events, explains how branding principles can guide your event design.   [hr gap=”30″] It has been an exciting year for the meetings and events industry with a prosperous meetings market in 2018. Annually, our global team manages and executes thousands of meetings for our clients. We ...

Bring the delegate into your digital space

ExpoPlatform’s Tanya Pinchuk says organisers need to plan carefully to ensure a loyal digital audience. [hr gap=”30″] There are some who still fear the potential impact of online technology on the business events industry, that digital tools could potentially take control of the event away from the organiser as interaction takes place online instead of in the meeting space or conventio...

IACC’s Europe Knowledge Festival programme revealed

The IACC has revealed details of the education programme set to take place during its Europe Knowledge Festival conference, taking place from 5-7 October at Dolce CampoReal, Lisbon. This year’s programme will be headlined by keynote David Hyner, an award-winning researcher, trainer, broadcaster, author and director of Stretch Development – a research training business. Drawing on his expertise and...

Leading events come to Al Ain Convention Center in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company has announced that it Al Ain Convention Center (AACC) will host several exhibitions during the month of September. These events are expected to attract over 40,000 local, regional and international visitors. Among the key events will be ‘Al Ain SME Exhibition’ and the ‘Education and Future Job Expo’, both starting on 17 September. The events are in line with ...

Thailand Convention Bureau showcases the country’s events power

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau showcased 13 years of MICE development through its history at Thailand MICE Forum 2018: Redefining Our Industry. TCEB reported more than one trillion baht of MICE revenue had been generated since its inception, and the country has hosted 20 international MICE events per year. Support has also been granted to more than 5,000 MICE events in Thailand and ...

Why Russia is a serious events contender

The Russian Convention Bureau (RCB) represented Russia at the recent IBTM China event in Beijing, the largest international event industry exhibition that caters to the Asian market. This was Russia’s first experience of introducing the country’s event capabilities at a major industry venue in Pacific Asia. The goal was to promote the country as a promising destination for major international conv...